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Brit Bosses lead Europe when it comes to socialising after work

2 May 2010

SABMiller's European Beer Drinkers Survey has revealed that while French managers say ‘non' to staff drinks, British bosses love to take their team to the pub and pay for post-work pints.

Pay rises may be a distant memory for many UK workers, yet according to SABMiller, one of the world's leading brewers, British businessmen and women boost morale the old fashioned way - at the bar. Our bosses are Europe's most sociable with 97% joining team drinks and one in ten managers (10%) in the UK even insisting on paying for all the drinks.

Our continental colleagues aren't as lucky with 7% of German leaders failing to join their staff social. French bigwigs lead in the no-show stakes with one in five (20%) never socialising with staff outside of the office.

Bianca Shevlin, SABMiller said, "We may work the longest hours in Europe, but British bosses are first to the bar on a Friday night and leave their European neighbours in the shade when it comes to staff drinks. The post work pint tastes even better when the boss is paying!"

The previous European Beer Drinkers Survey in 2008 revealed the end of lunchtime drinking in the UK with 6.14pm on a Friday night the new ‘Beer O'clock' for UK workers. In the last two years British workers have been hit by redundancies, but managers across the UK have realised that after work drinks are the best way of keeping spirits up, particularly in the Midlands where almost half (41%) regularly pick up the tab.

However, British workers may be working too hard - just 55% now find the time to regularly join colleagues for a drink, well below sociable Spain where 4 out of 5 employees (80%) have recently enjoyed a work social.

"If you'd rather avoid your workmates our Europe wide survey reveals that you should head to Holland - the Dutch are least like to share a beer with their colleagues, although when they do the boss is most likely to pick up the tab," said Bianca Shevlin.


Notes to editors
SABMiller is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as market-leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. SABMiller is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.
In the year ended 31 March 2009, the group reported US$3,405 million in adjusted pre-tax profit and group revenue of US$25,302 million. SABMiller is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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Bianca Shevlin
Corporate Media Relations Manager
SABMiller plc
t: +44 7901 997340
Ceri Bevan
Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster
t: +44 207 4679200


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